Broyles Award Releases Semifinalists

LITTLE ROCK (KFSM) – The award given to the nation’s top college football assistant coach has narrowed their list down to 15 as the semifinalists were named on Tuesday.

Oklahoma’s Bill Bedenbaugh was among those named but that list will be trimmed to five finalists who will appear at the trophy presentation on Dec. 5. That presentation will be broadcast live on KFSM at 11 a.m.

Clemson defensive coordinator Brent Venables won the award in 2016. Winners from the past five seasons are not eligible to win the award.

Oklahoma’s Lincoln Riley won the award in 2015 as the Sooners’ offensive coordinator while Tom Herman was the winner in 2014 as he was on the Ohio State coaching staff. Auburn’s Gus Malzahn won the award as the offensive coordinator in 2010, prior to becoming the head coach at Arkansas State.

The award was created in 1996 to recognize the nation’s best assistant coach and was named after longtime Arkansas coach Frank Froyles. Broyles led the University of Arkansas as a football coach and then an athletic director for nearly 50 years before retiring in 2007.

School Coach Position
Alabama Brian Daboll Offensive Coordinator
Auburn Kevin Steele Defensive Coordinator
Clemson Tony Elliot Co-Offensive Coordinator
Georgia Mel Tukcer Defensive Coordinator
Iowa State Jon Heacock Defensive Coordinator
Miami Manny Diaz Defensive Coordinator
Mississippi State Todd Grantham Defensive Coordinator
Notre Dame Mike Elko Defensive Coordinator
Oklahoma Bill Bedenbaugh Offensive Coordinator
TCU Chad Glasgow Defensive Coordinator
UCF Troy Walters Offensive Coordinator
USC Tee Martin Offensive Coordinator
Washington Pete Kwiatkowski Defensive Coordinator
Washington State Alex Grinch Defensive Coordinator
Wisconsin Jim Leonhard Defensive Coordinator